Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 179972
Printer settings not remembered across reboots
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:23 EST
Description of problem:
When I used printconf (usually the GUI version) to configure a local printer, it
works fine until I reboot. Then I have to redo the whole thing again. For
example, I have to mark the printer as "shared", configure the paper size, DPI
settings, etc. Some settings I don't have to redo: the printer driver, for example.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Happens every single time for me.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Set up a printer with printconf. Set it to shared. Change something like
the DPI or paper size.
3. Look at the printer settings in printconf.
Certain settings (DPI, paper size, shared status are the ones I usually change)
have been reset back to their default settings.
The settings should be the same as before.
Please attach the output of 'printconf-tui --Xexport'. Thanks.
Created attachment 124546 [details]
Output from "printconf-tui --Xexport"
Well, this is very odd. I've attached the file, but ever since I've run this
command, the settings have "stuck" and are now kept over reboots. This is the
first time in dozens of reboots I've seen this behavior. Is it possible that
running this command somehow made things permanent?
So, I tried an experiment. I changed some settings and rebooted. This time, it
worked again - the changes stuck. Ever since I've run the command you
suggested, everything is working OK. I've no explanation for this at all.
I definitely wasn't imagining things before: my wife would frequently complain
that she couldn't print from her machine, and this always happened after a
reboot. A check of the settings always showed them all reset back to their old
values. Honestly! I wasn't halucinating.
One point to note is that I've always made changes logged in as my user id, and
so had to enter the root password in administrative privilages dialog box. When
I ran the "printconf-tui --Xexport" command, I did it from a terminal where I
had already su'd to root, so wasn't asked for a password. However, I did
accidently type "printconf-tui -Xexport" instead (single dash), which brought up
the TUI dialog box. I thought I'd mention it just in case it had any side effects.
The system-config-printer tool was re-written for FC6, and that has fixed a lot
of problems like this. Please re-open if this occurs again in FC6 or newer.